Here are some important facts about the new school meals:
- The new school lunch provides 1/3 of the average daily calorie needs for kids by age.
- In practice, many students are being served the same amounts of protein as before under the new standards.
Your child can learn good habits for life by making healthy food choices and getting proper exercise now. This year is a transition year as schools implement these new standards and work together with parents, to ensure that every child, in every community across America, has access to healthy and nutritious meals. Encourage them to try new foods and eat the healthy food offered. Reinforce healthy eating by offering similar new foods at home.
Keep updated on the changes at www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday.